Springbok coach Allister Coetzee admits his team is stuck in a hole ahead of their Test against Wales at Cardiff Arms Park this weekend.
The Boks, currently winless on their overseas tour, suffered their biggest shock defeat of the year when they went down 20-18 to Italy last weekend.
And with Coetzee fighting for his job, with Saru’s end-year-review around the corner, he wants the players to lift themselves out of the current slump.
Coetzee explains: “The message to the team is simple – we’d like to finish on a high and fight back from where we currently are.
“We need to get out of the hole we are in‚ play well and finish the season well.
“Every game is important to us and this one is no different.”
The Springboks, though, will have to do so without enforcer Eben Etzebeth after he failed to recover from the concussion suffered two weeks ago against England.
The coach adds: “Eben didn’t pass his protocols on Sunday‚ that makes it unlikely.“If he passed the five-day return-to-play protocol he would only be ready to take contact on Saturday‚ so that makes it [his return for the match against Wales] highly unlikely.”